Black Texas Household Says They’re Victims of a Hate Crime


A black family in Texas says it was the victim of a hate crime in which two cars were irreparably burned and "Trump 20" was sprayed on the garage door.

Jayla Gipson, 36, told NBC News Wednesday that her son went to the bathroom just after midnight and smelled smoke. When he went outside to see what was going on, he saw the cars in their driveway on fire.

"It's definitely a hate crime," Gipson told NBC. "Trump 2020 was sprayed on our garage, our Black Lives Matter sign was spray painted, and our cars were on fire."

Police in Little Elm, Texas said no one was injured and an investigation is ongoing. There are no suspects of the crime and no one has been arrested. The two cars were irreparably burned and the garage door was also damaged by the burning cars.

Gipson said the family has been well received since moving to the area in 2017. She attributes the incident to the Black Lives Matter sign that the family put on the lawn in November. A GoFundMe was set up by Gipson's neighbors and raised nearly $ 17,000 in nine days. Gipson said she was surprised and excited about the support from the community and friends. She added that no one deserves this type of treatment, regardless of political affiliation.

That year there were incidents of voter intimidation and vandalism across the country. In September, a Biden-Harris bus was surrounded by a group of Trump supporters in pickups on a freeway. President Trump retweeted a video of the incident saying, "I LOVE TEXAS!"

That same month, a group of Trump supporters appeared at an early polling station in Fairfax County, VA, and sang "Four Years To Go" and intimidated voters. In October, a Tennessee election worker was sacked after turning away voters wearing Black Lives Matter clothing.

Days after President-elect Joe Biden was declared the planned winner, Georgian election official Gabriel Sterling held a press conference attacking Trump for making false claims of electoral fraud. Sterling said the wife of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger received "sexualized threats" while a Dominion Voting Systems contractor received death threats and was threatened with a noose.